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Gardening expert Ciscoe Morris to visit Boise to benefit Idaho Botanical Garden

By: | 11/13/2013

27th Annual Garden Tour boosts six private gardens

June 12, 2013 (Boise, ID) – The Idaho Botanical Garden welcomes northwest gardening expert Ciscoe Morris to Boise and to the 27th Annual Garden Tour. The Garden Tour is Sunday, June 23, 2013 and features six Boise private gardens in addition to the Bureau of Land Management/ College of Western Idaho Fire Wise Garden adjacent to the Idaho Botanical Garden.

From Seattle, Ciscoe Morris is the author of national bestseller Ask Ciscoe – Oh La La! Your Gardening Questions Answered, host to the Seattle television show Gardening with Ciscoe, and weekly column contributor for the Seattle Times. He is well‐known for his expertise on gardening along with his hearty does of humor. Ciscoe visits Boise for the first time for the Garden Tour to share his Northwest gardening expertise. He will make a special appearance for a Saturday night Garden Gala to benefit the Idaho Botanical Garden.


The Garden Gala is Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the home of Esther and Skip Oppenheimer. The Oppenheimer’s are the children of Jane Oppenheimer, the name sake of the Jane Falk Oppenheimer Heirloom Rose Garden. The evening features a greeting by Cisco, a live performance from pianist Del Parkinson and a video preview of the Garden Tour. Tickets for the Garden Gala are $100 per person, which includes the Garden Tour.


Now in its 27th year, the Garden Tour features six private homes located in Boise’s East End, off of Warm Spring Avenue and near Table Rock. The proceeds of the Tour benefit the Idaho Botanical Garden, its plants and program. Below are brief descriptions of the six private gardens in the tour. The seventh garden is the Bureau of Land Management College of Western Idaho’s Firewise Garden, adjacent to the Idaho Botanical Garden.


Tickets are available by calling the Idaho Botanical Garden office or by visiting idahobotanicalgarden.org. Tickets are $20 for Garden Members, and $25 for general public. Tour maps are available only with ticket purchase and will be mailed to purchaser. For tickets and map purchases on the day of the tour, visit the Idaho Botanical Garden box office at 2355 Old Penitentiary Road.


Garden 1: Sandra Beebe

As an avid quilter, Sandra Beebe uses colors and patterns to create beautiful, warm blankets. She adapts these same qualities to the living creation in her garden. After purchasing her home in 2006, Beebe has been strategic in taking her garden’s core assets and developing them into her beautiful and edible garden space. Zucchini and tomatoes are abundant in her garden to enable special family recipes and food preservation.


Garden 2: Shawna & Marcus Phillips

As ‘self –taught’ gardeners, Shawna & Marcus Phillips had to relearn gardening for a high‐dessert climate after moving to Boise from Portland. Shawna looks at every element in her yard as an opportunity express individuality from her custom made fencing, unique water features to well‐designed pots. The two work side‐by‐side. Shawna says, “We are that good‐kind‐of‐tired after a day of gardening.”


Garden 3: Pam & Jack Lemley

The glass windows on the back of Pam and Jack Lemley’s home draw only a thin boundary between the inside of their home and the natural setting of their backyard. The hillside home provides the benefits of lovely views as well as the challenges gardening on a hillside. The Lemley’s have embraced the challenge by creating small seating areas on multiple levels with planting suited to each unique combination of sun exposure and soils.


Garden 4: Bill Fraser

Bill Fraser’s Warm Springs home was passed down to him from his parents. As the city grew and traffic developed, Bill was posed with a challenge of blocking noise while not breaking the building ordinances in this historic district. Looking at the space creatively, Fraser dug down creating a recessed and secluded space with a small waterfall adding soft and natural sounds to his backyard.


Garden 5: Lesa Stark & Bill Fitzgerald

Lesa Stark and Bill Fitzgerald are not ones to baby their plants. Instead, the couple plants in early spring to give young and transplanted plants time to get established before the busy, and hot, days of summer. Stark invites guests to take note of the plants in her garden, “If it can grow in our yard, it can grow anywhere.” The Stark ‐ Fitzgerald yard leaves guests feeling empowered to plant a beautiful yard without worrying that it will become your only summer activity.


Garden 5: Jana Bateman

Jana Bateman is the ultimate do‐it yourself gardener and a natural decorator. She enjoys trying new plants to create a changing scene of color and texture, and her yard reflects that creativity. Using a natural creek as a centerpiece, along with the natural landscape and rustic materials, the garden melds together into a peaceful country setting.


About Idaho Botanical Garden:

Located in Boise’s Old Penitentiary Historic District, the Idaho Botanical Garden is dedicated to enhancing our community’s quality of life through fostering a love of nature and developing intellectual curiosity in people of all ages. Originally the site of the tree nursery and grounds of the State Penitentiary, the Garden is a living museum. The Garden provides enriching garden experiences through educational programs, botanical collections, a variety of entertainment, cultural and community events. It is also a refreshing and inspiring year‐round outdoor destination for local residents and out‐of‐town visitors. Nestled at the base of the Boise Foothills, the Idaho Botanical Garden offers a beautiful location to host weddings, celebrate birthdays and hold private events. Each year, the Garden invites the community to a variety of events that highlight the Garden through music, art, and seasonal celebrations. For more information call (208)343‐8649 or visit www.idahobotanicalgarden.org